Crazy mother of mine


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rduchateau2954
October 3, 2012, 05:17 AM
When I went to pick up my MKIII I talked dear mother into driving me. Her taurus gets considerably better mileage than my suburban. Plus I get pretty people - irritated on crowded highways.

She has developed a growing interest in guns over the last few years and has even shot multiple rounds of sporting clays with me after I got my Montefeltro Super 90 - she thinks it's pretty.

So, I am 4th in line at the gun counter, growing more irritated by the second as she wanders around the new shotguns. I pointed out the used shotgun rack as she returns and she scurries over like a kid who just saw the ice cream truck.

An annoying amount of time later I have my MKIII and see her holding a few shotguns. She had a browning A500 in each hand and tells me to hold one so that no one will take it. :rolleyes:

After what I am positive was a mental game of inny minny miney moe she goes "I'm gonna buy this one". I was shocked. This is a lady who doesn't spend large amounts of money on anything non essential without months of consideration.

Before I even had a chance to check the gun out she is filling out the paper work. (Scheels must make commission on guns sales because they appear out of the wood work when your ready to pay) Other than a little spot of surface rust on the receiver it is pretty close to spotless.

Of course she wanted to shoot it right away so the next afternoon we went out for a round of sporting clays. First time out with it she shot a 34, beating her personal best of 29.

There is one problem though, the cheek weld is too high for me so I won't be able to shoot it. It does explain why she shot so much better with it then she ever did with my Benelli. I have always loved the classic design of the A5 and am proud of my moms taste in guns.

This afternoon we are going again. It's still a bit hard to believe that I go shooting with my mom lol.

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olderguns
October 3, 2012, 05:28 AM
Good for her, I would'nt call it crazy Oh,
just sounds like the lady has discovered how much fun the Shooting sports are,
and who better to Enjoy it with then Family..

rduchateau2954
October 3, 2012, 05:33 AM
It's not crazy that she bought a gun, I knew she would one day. She looks every time we are near shotguns, talks about getting her carry conceal permit, and talks about open carrying on her walks on the nature trails.

The crazy part was the impulse buy. I don't think I have ever seen her impulse buy anything, ever. She had no idea what it was, it felt good and looked good, so she bought it.

She didn't even know who John M Browning was.

gunnutery
October 3, 2012, 06:31 AM
Congrats to her (and you). And yes, Scheels gun sales is based on commission.

WardenWolf
October 3, 2012, 07:01 AM
Sweet. An Auto-5. Your mother has impeccable taste in guns.

OilyPablo
October 3, 2012, 07:32 AM
Too funny.

Good thing you didn't leave her in the car!

An Auto-5 in the used rack? I'm impressed.

Texan Scott
October 3, 2012, 01:29 PM
Actually, the speed with which your mother located the one Browning in the store that affords higher cheek weld and adds five clays to her personal best first time out, suggests to me that the "crazy old dear" might know a lot more about shotguns than she's bothered telling you. Start asking your mother about her life as a young woman before you came along. Sometimes they surprise you. :)

rduchateau2954
October 3, 2012, 04:32 PM
Actually, the speed with which your mother located the one Browning in the store that affords higher cheek weld and adds five clays to her personal best first time out, suggests to me that the "crazy old dear" might know a lot more about shotguns than she's bothered telling you. Start asking your mother about her life as a young woman before you came along. Sometimes they surprise you. :)
She had an old .22 that she got rid of when I was born. That's it. She never liked hunting and still doesn't have any ambition to kill furry critters. (although she will eat the ones I kill)

She had no idea what a cheek weld was, she just loved the way it felt. She picked up every gun with nice wood grain and based her decision on how it shouldered without any brand bias. She just kept saying "These feel really good". (Two A-5s)

I was grinning like a little kid the whole time.

Of course now is she is die hard Browning, so her days of unbiased decision making are over but she definitely could have done worse.

Now she wants a browning vest (she already has a nice vest), browning stickers for her car, a browning gun case for her "pretty shotgun", etc etc etc :rolleyes:

Cosmoline
October 3, 2012, 04:51 PM
The crazy part was the impulse buy. I don't think I have ever seen her impulse buy anything, ever. She had no idea what it was, it felt good and looked good, so she bought it.

I've been known to do that from time to time. But it's not my fault. The gun just hops into my hand and won't let me put it back.

rduchateau2954
October 3, 2012, 04:58 PM
Another thing that has been nagging me, she never said a word about the fit of my benelli when shooting it.

When I shoulder her A5 I am looking down on the beads, which means that she had to be looking up at the fiber optic sight on my benelli. There is almost no way she could have seen the sight properly which only shows up as bright red when you are looking at it straight on.

I feel bad about this, I always assumed my benelli fit, she never said anything.

orionengnr
October 3, 2012, 06:16 PM
Share this web site with her:
http://www.corneredcat.com/contents/

The section on choosing a gun is a must-read, but the whole thing is very well done. Informative and entertaining. Kathy is a great instructor and a natural writer. I bought the book for my wife two Christmases ago.

Then maybe take mom shopping for (or at least "looking at") concealable handguns. After some time on that website, she will know more than 98% of prospective buyers do walking in the front door. (If you have a range that rents handguns, so much the better.)

Is her birthday coming up soon? If not, Christmas is. :)

Or... celebrate the fact that Wisconsin has finally joined the long list of Free States.

Now if we could get your neighbor to the south on the stick...:rolleyes:

rduchateau2954
October 4, 2012, 02:20 AM
A quick cellphone picture of our guns at the gun club today.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o264/rduchateau2954/Guns/GunsEdited.jpg

ljnowell
October 4, 2012, 02:30 AM
My mother is in a wheelchair, so I take her places a lot, driving her around. My mom is independant though, and she can still drive, she just prefers her baby(i'm the youngest of three, no matter how old I get Im the baby) to go places with her. I oblige because I love to spend time with her. I take her shooting fairly often. She loves to shoot her 38special revolver and my 22s. She has had carpal tunnel syndrome surgery in both hands, so nothing more recoiling than the 38s for her. She sure does love to shoot though. Makes me proud.

Remllez
October 4, 2012, 08:28 AM
Enjoy and encourage your Mom while you have her!! She may be late to the game but she knows instinctually that it's very important a gun fits properly. And her score is better than some men I shoot with on occasion, LOL.

Dnaltrop
October 4, 2012, 01:05 PM
Mine carries an old Chief's special .38... but getting her to shoot it for fun is nearly impossible. She takes no pleasure in shooting, just being "prepared"

Enjoy your time, I wish mine would hit the range with me.

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
October 4, 2012, 01:50 PM
Your mom made a great purchase! Awesome story :)

CGT80
October 5, 2012, 07:37 PM
My mom doesn't shoot shotguns, but she does shoot pistol competitions with me, as well as my dad. My mom has an XD 9mm 4" that was setup as a limited gun with a trigger job and FO Bomar cut sights. Last year we put a CMore and mount on it. Now she does awesome. It looks like something from a movie with that tall red dot, but it works. She also shoots my mini 14 target model and can take out just the center of a clay target at 30 yards or so while working from a makeshift rest. She has also shot my Smith 460. She used to reload ammo with her dad, as a kid, so that all of the family could go shooting.

Needless to say, I have the sickness bad, with shooting, reloading, and casting bullets. Thanks Mom! (Dad too).

JohnB
October 6, 2012, 10:17 PM
My mom is a better shot with a .22 rifle or any handgun (.38 Spec. or smaller) than most guys I know. My dad ruined her on shotguns. She reminded me today that the renewal on her concealed carry license is due next month. That is the same month she turns 84.

siglite
October 7, 2012, 06:28 AM
a browning gun case for her "pretty shotgun", etc etc etc

This made me laugh. :D Love it.

hso
October 7, 2012, 09:06 AM
That A5 is a very pretty shotgun.

bruzer
October 7, 2012, 09:17 AM
Excellent. Browning does make a very nice .22 pistol called the Buckmark.
Good luck and stay safe,
Mike

rduchateau2954
October 7, 2012, 04:24 PM
Lol I just chose the Ruger MKIII over the buckmark.

bergmen
October 7, 2012, 11:42 PM
That A5 is a very pretty shotgun.

That's an A500 in the picture. Far different from an A5.

I bought one when they first came out. Really a fabulous shotgun, takes all loads from 2 3/4" low powered field loads to 3" magnums. Fabricated in Portugal, assembled in Belgium.

The only real downside is they have Invector chokes rather than the new Invector +. I can work with that.

Dan

TrickyDick
October 8, 2012, 08:52 PM
I <3 My A5 (Was my Great-Grandfather's, still shoots like a champ)

Poper
October 8, 2012, 09:28 PM
That's an A500 in the picture. Far different from an A5.
Not necessarily. Browning does make a model "A5" that is not an Auto5.
I have an A500 (which is an early A500R), An A500G, An A500R, an Auto5 Light 12, an Auto5 "Sweet Sixteen" (LOVE that gun!), a Browning Double Auto, a Browning Silver and soon to come but not in my little hot hands yet, an A5.

The "A5" is Browning's latest shotgun to replace the Auto5.
Here's the page: http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/family.asp?webflag_=029B&catalog_=B

However, with all the above said, I believe you are correct as the gun in the photo has the "semi-humpback" in lieu of the Auto5 and new A5 full humpback.

Poper

bergmen
October 8, 2012, 09:38 PM
Yes, necessarily, I stand by my comment. The shotgun shown on the left in the picture in post #12 is an early model A500 exactly like my early model A500 (before they made two models, A500R and A500G), not the classic Auto5 or the newer A5.

rduchateau2954
October 9, 2012, 05:30 AM
I have always wanted a sweet sixteen but they just don't fit me.

Here is a better picture from the same day.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o264/rduchateau2954/Guns/2012-10-03_17-19-34_148.jpg

Lol that's my mom in the background walking down the trail towards me. She left the scorecard on the roof of her car and had to go back to get it.

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